The Children’s Miracle Network Hospital plays a big part in someones everyday life, for some parents it’s the little bit of hope they have for thief children, who have cancer or something else. These doctors and nurses give them hope.
Nine-year old Noah has had more than his fair share of challenges in life. Just behind his twinkling brown eyes and infectious smile hides a brain riddled with the debilitating effects of epilepsy. When Noah’s parents, Shannon and Jake, brought him home he was just as
healthy and happy as their first two children. It wasn’t until Noah was a toddler that the ill-patterned brain presented itself.
“I’ll never forget the day Noah had his first seizure,” said Shannon. “I stepped away for just a moment and came back to Noah’s lifeless body on the floor. His eyes were rolling back in his head. I didn’t know if he had fallen or what was going on! It was terrifying.” That was the first
of many emergency calls that Noah’s family would make of many emergency calls that Noah’s family would make.
A year after Noah was diagnosis with epilepsy his doctor noticed a slight heart murmur. Upon further testing, Noah received a secondary diagnosis of atrial septal defect, a type of congenital heart defect that causes misdirected blood flow. Shortly after this diagnosis Noah’s family moved from Wisconsin to Colorado and found their new care team at Children’s Hospital Colorado. “We did our research before I even considered the job offer in Denver,” said Jake. “We sought out and found the best possible care for Noah’s conditions at Children’s Colorado.” A new home and a fresh start Noah’s newd doctors advised immediate surgery for Noah’s heart condition to ward off potential problems in the future. Although the surgery was a success and Noah was officially heart-healthy, his epilepsy took a drastic turn for the worse. At the peak of his illness Noah was experiencing 100 seizures per day.
After a failed attempt to calm Noah’s brain via a medically induced coma, Noah’s parents had to decide whether or not to proceed to their final option – brain surgery. The portion of the brain affected by epilepsy was close to Noah’s motor strip and there was a possibility that the surgery would leave him unable to walk.
“It was a very difficult decision, but we didn’t see any other way,” said Jake. “We knew we would never be able to take our child home in the state he was in. His brain was just in a constant state of seizing.” Beating the odds, a home run At 4 years old, Noah underwent a frontal lobectomy, removing an apple-sized portion of his frontal lobe. Through intensive physical, occupational, and speech therapy, Noah conquered
relearning how to walk, talk and eat on his own.
Today, at age 9, Noah has been seizure-free for five years. He focuses his energy not on his disabilities, but his capabilities and has become quite the baseball player, proudly hitting three home runs in one game last season.
This is just one of the amazing stories that they share and show how they can over come it. For me its a great place having had a cousin who had MD and used a wheel chair for his whole life, this hospital gave my Uncle and Aunt hope. Sure Bobby would never walk but he had a great normal life. This him when he was younger he did live to be 21, and passed from complications from being sick. For him a simple cold could take his life. Thats why my aunt and uncle made sure he never got sick. Even being confided in a wheel chair he did everything, that a healthy kid did. And the hospital gave them the hope they needed.
62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute. Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. In fact, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat one in 10 children in North America each year.
To show support for the organization and the one in 10 kids in North America who are treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year, Walmart and Pampers have teamed up to donate $200,000 in the month of June.
Do you have a personal journey with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Walmart and Pampers are teaming up to donate 200,00 for these children who need help .Additionally, by purchasing products like Pampers Swaddlers at your local Walmart, portions of the proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.